Glass By Barb

Handling Glass Art

Treat your art with respect and common sense, and it will last indefinitely.

Hang or install securely, where the stained glass won't fall, be bumped into, leaned against, stepped on (except for stepping stones), kicked, hit or bent.

Large pieces need to be handled with extra care to prevent stress fractures. Glass is most stable when it is in a vertical orientation. To move a completed piece from a table top, slide it over the side of the table--with the longest dimension of glass supported by the edge of the table--until it starts to tip into your supporting hand. If the smallest dimension exceeds 2 feet, use two people, one on each end of the glass. Continue to tilt the glass project until it is perpendicular to the floor. Carry it in this position to its new location.

Keep in mind that cold makes glass particularly brittle and susceptible to shattering if hit or bumped (for instance, if transporting a glass project during winter in a cold climate). If bringing stained glass inside after transporting it in the cold, let it warm gradually at room temperature. Do not put it over or against a heat source. Better still, transport it inside a warm vehicle.

Cleaning Lead Came Projects

Use a soft, damp and lint-free cloth to remove any spots or smudges from a lead came project. Wipe with another soft, lint-free, cloth. Microfibre cloths work especially well. (The cloth will likely stain, so choose it accordingly.) Never use a cloth that might subsequently be used on dishes or kitchen surfaces.

If you notice any specks of foreign material on the glass, they can be removed with a round wooden toothpick or orange stick. Avoid any metal or other implement that can scratch the glass. You may use the soft brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner to remove dust.

Avoid the use of Windex and other commercial cleaners, as they can weaken the cement and damage the lead and solder.

Cleaning Copper Foil Projects

Clean a copper foil project the same way as a lead came project (above)...or wash it with lukewarm water. If rinsing under running water, it is best to use a bathtub or laundry tub so you can handle the project without striking it against faucets or taps. Rest the stained glass project on a bath mat to help prevent slipping or gouging the tub with the sharp ends of the zinc came (if it has a zinc frame). Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth such as a microfibre cloth. (The cloth may get stained, so choose it accordingly.) Never use a cloth that might subsequently be used on dishes or kitchen surfaces.

Avoid the use of Windex and other commercial cleaners.